Box office receipts are generally improving, but “Spider-Man” was a standout on a Christmas weekend mostly marked by weaknesses across the board.
Not available “Spider-Man: There’s no way home”(Sony) this weekend, the movie may be out of theaters. Literally.
To it, COVID Christmas #2 was a reasonably successful season. A staggering 10-day domestic gross of $467 million (and $1 billion worldwide) – more than double expectations – sparks hopes that the end is in sight for publishers. The exhibition was greatly challenged. This comes in the face of the rise of Omicron – with holiday plans disrupted, Broadway and other events closed, some sports postponed – must be seen as a big motivator. for the viability of exhibitors.
However, the totals for the weekend, and even more so the individual results for most of the movies, showed some socks were filled with coal. The three-day total of all films will amount to about $145 million. That’s 73% of the Christmas weekend sales without an audience in 2019 ($198 million). December 24-26 dropped midweek that year and grossed $188 million, 30% more than this year.
The shortfall comes because aside from “Spider-Man,” “Sing 2” is the only main performer. Universal’s animated sequel in its first five days grossed $41 million. The 2016 original, in the same number of days to December 25, grossed $55 million. That’s 75 percent true, which increasingly seems to be the sort of performance relative to a win these days – with “Spider-Man” being the notable exception.
This is a difficult time of year to compare, as performance differs from normal weekday expectations. Usually movies open strong in the days before December 25th, especially if it’s for families or seniors, get some momentum. “Spider-Man” could easily make another $150 million next weekend. “Sing 2” can reach 100 million USD accumulated.
With two improved weekends, our four-weekend rotation comparison to the same period in 2019 increases to 71%. Again, an improvement. But it comes with a massive movie, with a lot of weak points across the board.
“Spider-Man” accounted for about 58% of this weekend’s total. That number topped the previous record for a single film over Christmas. 2015’s “The Force Awakens” ($149 million) accounted for 51% of the $297 million weekend. But that also includes seven movies over $10 million, nine movies over $5 million. This year? Three over 10 million dollars, five more than 5 million dollars.
“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros.) is an eight-figure third ($12 million, $22.5 million for five days). It also aired on HBO Max, which didn’t stop “Dune” from grossing $41 million in its first weekend.) “Resurrections”, unlike “Sing” have rapidly declined. “American Underdog” (Lionsgate), in about 700 fewer theaters, is roughly the total reported Saturday (though that number includes some previews). Kurt Warner’s football biopic could outdo it for the rest of the run, with an A+ Cinemascore hinting at an early audience favourite.
“A Journal for Jordan” (Sony), another late opening set, grossed much less, with just $2.2 million reported over two days in 2,500 theaters, compared with $6.2 million of “Underdog”. The movie about a real-life military family starring Michael B.Jordan isn’t hurt by bland reviews, something that’s unlikely to sway audiences who love sports and creeds. for “Underdog”.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” (United Artists) has also opened in most of the country, with 786 theaters versus four in its first four weeks, which is strong. The Saturday/Sunday total is slightly ahead of “Jordan” with a third as many theaters. This is still a work in progress, with a hopeful result of two-thirds of the audience aged 18-34, similar to the initial results. Older audiences, who were previously the director’s audience, generally continue to lag behind. Word of mouth – obviously good in the first few weeks – gives it a chance to sustain for a long time. In some of the top theaters, it’s as high as Wednesday’s best on Saturday.
“The King’s Man” (Disney), which premieres another Wednesday, was an early flop. It will only accumulate $10 million in five days, with little chance of recovery. “’83” (Reliance) also opens on Friday, with the Indian film about the cricket championship grossing $1.7 million over the weekend (just below the top 10 for two days; it actually came in at number five. on Friday).
“West Side Story” (Disney) is starting to appear. Considering that most theaters only offer partial showings – in some cases cutting matinees, where the movie still has some appeal – its leap is on Saturday (up 129% from Friday). ; “Spider-Man” increased by 60%) showed the movie’s adult core that audiences, as usual, delayed their attendance until Christmas Day and beyond.
This is usually the time of year when award candidates thrive; Usually some expand and usually shine after Christmas. Only “West Side Story” and “Licorice Pizza” made the top 10 this year, and at a much lower rate than usual.
Two premium versions launched with respectable results, under current conditions. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (A24) in 30 featured theaters, although due to Apple partner policy, no grosses have been announced. (Joel Coen’s film will air starting January 14.) Checking out several ticketing sites on Saturday showed a certain level of interest in multiple theaters, not just New York and Los Angeles, but also in other markets. The total estimate is a guess. Landmark in Los Angeles, although showing in conjunction with other theaters, including the nearby AMC venue, looks to have grossed around $6,000, potentially higher on the overall result.
Pedro Almodovar’s “Sony Classics” opened on Friday, with a three-day estimate of $41,000 in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Like all major titles, the impact of COVID and related changes in movie viewing habits is obvious. “Pain and Glory” in October 2019 grossed $152,000 in four theaters. This though is better than most similar distros.
Every day of last week feels like a Saturday, with next weekend likely not going to be much lower than this. The important thing is that it is as powerful as possible. The next two months feature much less promising new titles (“Scream” by Paramount is likely to stand out). But at least “Spider-Man” offered hope. At this point, it is enough.
Top ten people
(in the order of two Saturday/Sunday totals; three-day figures are also included)
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) Week 2; Last weekend #1
$61,800,000 (2 days) at 4,336 theaters (unchanged); $81,500,000 (3 days) (-69%); PTA: (3 days) $18,796; Accumulation: $467,300,000
2. Sing 2 (General) NEW – Movie score: A +; Metacritic: 49; Estimated budget: $85 million
$18,540,000 (2 days) at 3,892 theaters; $23,760,000 (3 days); PTA: (3 days): $6,105; Accumulation: $41,000,000
3. Matrix Recovery (Warner Bros.) NEW – Cinemas: B-; Metacritic: 64; Estimated budget: $ (unknown, but estimated $100 million+); also on HBO Max
$9,300,000 (2 days) at 3,552 theaters; $12,000,000 (3 days); PTA: (3 days): $3,378; Accumulation: $22,500,000
4. American style smut (Lionsgate) NEW – Theater score: A+; Metacritic: 52; Estimated budget: $ (unknown)
$6,200,000 (2 days) at 2,813 theaters; PTA: $ (2 days) 2,204; Accumulation: $6,200,000
5. The King’s Man (Disney) NEW – Theater score: B+; Metacritic: 44; Estimated budget: $ (unknown)
USD 5,150,000 (2 days) at 3,180 theaters; $6,350,000 (3 days); PTA: (3 days): $1,997; Accumulation: $10,010,000
6. Western Story (Disney) Week 3; Last weekend #3
$2,254,000 (2 days) in 2,810 theaters (-10); $ (3 days) 2,800,000 (-23%); PTA: (3 days) $996; Accumulation: $23,916,000
7. Licorice Pizza (United Artists) Week 5; Last weekend # 14
$2,32,000 (2 days) in 786 theaters (+782); PTA: (2 days): $2,824; Accumulation: $3,666,000
8. Magazine for Jordan (Sony) NEW – Cinema Score:; Metacritic: 42; Estimated budget: $25 million
$2,200.00 (2 days) at 2,500 theaters; PTA: $ (2 days): $880; Accumulation: $2,200,000
9. Encanto (Disney) Week 5; Last weekend #2; also on Disney+
$1,504,000 (2 days) in 2,800 theaters (-375); USD 2,000,000 (3 days) (-69%); PTA: (3 days) $; Accumulation: $88,278,000
10. Nightmare Alley (Spotlight) Week 2; Last weekend # 5
$1,067,000 (2 days) in 2,135 theaters (unchanged); $1,300,000 (3 days) (-54%); PTA: (3 days) $; Accumulation: $5,401,000
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Additional dedicated/restricted/standalone releases (all three days unless otherwise noted)
Parallel mothers (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Venice, New York 2021
$41,076 in 3 theaters; PTA: $13,692
Macbeth’s Tragedy (A24) NEW – Metacritic: 89; Festivals include: New York 2021
$ (not estimated) at 30 theaters
Velvet Queen (oscilloscope) NEW – Metacritic: 77; Festivals include: Cannes 2021
$4,276 in 2 theaters; PTA: $2,138; Cumulative (5 days): $6,438
’83 (Reliance) NEW – Cinemascore:; Metacritic:; Estimated budget: $38 million
$1,700,000 (3 days) at 500 theaters; PTA: $2,340; Accumulation: $1,700,000
Red rocket (A24) Week 3
$150,705 at 377 (+361) cinemas; Accumulation: $372,478
Come on (A24) Week 5; also on premium VOD
$18,673 at 49 (-53) theaters; Accumulation: $1,820,000
French Dispatch (Spotlight) Week 10; also on premium VOD
$40,000 at 70 (-110) cinemas; Accumulation: $15,925,000
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